An end to a war is never celebratory, the aftermath is actually more grotesque. As the Syrian Army began its final step towards retaking Aleppo from the rebels, trapped civilians in the besieged city are bracing for the worst. Syrian Army took over the city after relentless bombardments by Russian airstrikes over the last few days.
On Tuesday night, a ceasefire deal was struck between the Syrian Army and the rebels, allowing the rebels fighters and their families to move to western part of the city but it did not mention other civilians evacuations.. A Syrian military source said the evacuation of fighters for the rebel-controlled western Aleppo countryside would start at 5 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Wednesday.
According to the latest UN briefing, more than 82 civilians have been killed by the Bashar Al Assad forces. While millions have fled Syria since the beginning of the civil war, some 5,000 fled Aleppo in past 48 hours and however still thousands of civilians are trapped with the fear of either being made Prisoners of War (POW) or brutally massacred. The threat largely looms over Aleppo residents as they post their final messages on social media.
“To everyone who can hear me,” Syrian activist Lina al-Shami said in a video message, tweeted from Aleppo Monday. “We are here exposed to a genocide in the besieged city of Aleppo. This may be my last video.”
Perhaps my final message from E. Aleppo. Regime forces are closing in and bunker busters are raining down. pic.twitter.com/XgK0DSa08x— Bilal Abdul Kareem (@BilalKareem) December 12, 2016
this is a call and might be the last call.— @Mr.Alhamdo (@Mr_Alhamdo) December 12, 2016
Save Aleppo people. Save my daughter and other children. #StandWithAleppo
My name is Bana, I'm 7 years old. I am talking to the world now live from East #Aleppo. This is my last moment to either live or die. - Bana— Bana Alabed (@AlabedBana) December 13, 2016
U guess it's goodbye..— Rami Zien (@Rami_Zien) December 12, 2016
Thanks all who stand for us and pay for us.
But it's almost over and they are just hours away of killing us
Lamar is beginning me to hold her up.— @Mr.Alhamdo (@Mr_Alhamdo) December 12, 2016
Will I see her for another day? pic.twitter.com/nQ3lvsoBC1
+100,000 civilians are packed into a tiny area. Bombing + shelling relentless. Casualties unimaginable. Bodies lie where they fell.— The White Helmets (@SyriaCivilDef) December 13, 2016
I would like to thank all the humans whose stood for the humanity with our case, i will never forget you if we passed to the other life— Monther Etaky (@montheretaky) December 12, 2016
Today I feel like a failure. Nearly 25 years reporting war crimes has added up to nothing. We said "never again." What happened? #Aleppo— Janine di Giovanni (@janinedigi) December 13, 2016